TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the Texas Medicare carrier, has posted the 2011 Medicare fee schedule on its website. Fees are available either by searching a specific procedure code or by downloading the entire locality in PDF or CSV format.
The fee schedule was set after Congress in December blocked the 25-percent reduction in payments that was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 stabilizes Medicare physician payments at current rates through the end of 2011 and extends several other payment policies that were set to expire at the end of this year. It extends through 2011:
- The "floor" on geographic adjustments made for the physician work component of the Medicare payment schedule;
- The 5-percent payment increase for certain Medicare mental health services;
- An exceptions process for the cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services; and
- Payments for the technical component for certain pathology services.
Action, Jan. 14, 2011